This two-unit course on poetry & poetics emphasizes an introduction to craft—how poems are created, what their elements are, and how the finished pieces work—which you will explore through careful study of models by published writers, and through writing and revising your own original pieces generated for this class.
"Sound, Space ..." is adapted for remote learning. We'll meet synchronously online M, T, Th; otherwise, asynchronously.
For a sense of how we’ll engage poetry:
Check out Amanda Gorman & Trevor Noah on The Daily Social Distancing Show, Feb 2021
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Meet your instructor: Belinda Kremer
We'll focus on your creation of new poems as we encounter diverse poets, considering what gives “free” verse its dynamism, and delving into "fixed" forms, sound poems, visual poems and digital hybrids. We'll consider poetry’s two core, competing media: sound and space/silence. We'll work with how poetry's primary unit--the line--shapes these media. Short exercises will get you writing, help you build your craft, and push you towards new work. Drafting, feedback, development; craft talks, revision, editing; a sense of play, & workshops of your and your peers' poems will ground our work. With just 3 weeks, you'll be working to deadlines--always helpful. This summer intensive offers us the same community, collaboration and creative “hothouse” that writers travel the world for, attending retreats. No experience required; full engagement and participation is a significant aspect of success in our seminar. Questions? Belinda Kremer